Living Paleo For Dummies
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When living Paleo and eating a cave man diet, it feels as if someone plugged you back into your energy source! You feel thinner, your skin looks better, and your eyes glisten. Hormonally, things just start to "shift." You sleep better, PMS disappears, acne goes away, wrinkles fade, and you actually feel like exercising. You feel like playing with your kids; you feel like cooking that meal for your family.

There are reasons for this change. Your body begins to come alive, often flooded with nutrition for the first time in years. You're also eating energy-producing foods. Many people have had such a nutritionally devoid diet for so long that they don't even remember what it's like to feel consistently good for long stretches of time!

They haven't had food that's alive, so their body perks up in every way when it starts to get what it needs.

Other reasons Paleo works for so many is because people know they're eating in a way that their body is designed, but they're also getting healthier by being more alkaline, releasing toxins, and eating notoriously low-allergen foods.

Get the nourishment you need with the Paleo diet

Paleo foods create nutritional sufficiency — the point when your body is balanced with all its vitamins, minerals, and essential fats. Many people live in the state of deficiency, not getting the nourishment they need, because they aren't getting their macronutrients in the right quantity or the right quality.

The hunter-gatherers' nutrition came from macronutrients but in different quantities and a much higher quality than today's typical consumption. Their foods came from wild game, fish, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Here's the breakdown of our ancestors' macronutrients:

  • Protein: 20 to 35 percent

  • Carbohydrates: 25 to 40 percent

  • Fat: 30 to 45 percent

Modern diet, on the other hand, consists of marbled grain-fed conventional meats, grains, sugar and artificial sweeteners, and rancid fats:

  • Protein: 15 to 20 percent

  • Carbohydrates: 45 to 55 percent

  • Fat: 35 to 40 percent

Create healthy cells by adopting a Paleo lifestyle

Nutrition is addressed mainly from a biological perspective. Your body is viewed as structural with biochemical and bio-available nutrients. These vitamins and other nutrients are essential to your health and well-being.

But food also has an electrical component, based on its mineral composition. Your food basically has a life force from this electrical component. Cellular metabolism is dependent on biochemical reactions, but it also depends on the capacitance (the ability to store a charge) of the body.

Everything in life has a vibration or frequency attached to it. Seemingly solid objects are molecules, atoms, and particles floating, vibrating, and rotating. Our world is definitely vibrational, so our food has different energies, or charges, attached to it, just like any object.

When your food is healthy, vibrant, and alive (like healthy meats, vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats), they hold a better charge. When your food is processed, over cooked, microwaved, or depleted of nutrients, the charge is weak.

Eating Paleo naturally encourages healthier nutrition from both a biochemical and a molecular standpoint. Health comes down to the cells, and our living Paleo plan will create healthy cells. Incorporating fresh raw vegetables that are filled with energy and life into your daily diet can increase cellular health.

Balance your pH with Paleo living

One of the most challenging health issues people have today is that they don't have a pH that's conducive to health. Your pH is the acid-base balance of your body — literally, how acidic or alkaline you are. It's as important as your body temperature. Just as your body works to keep a tight control on temperature, it does the same in regard to pH.

Unfortunately, most people are on the acidic side of the pendulum, which is a major stressor to the body. Your body will be in a constant fight to keep healthy and regulate your level by taking minerals, like calcium and magnesium, from your bones and dumping them into your bloodstream.

How do you get acidic? Dietary choices, such as processed foods, dairy, grains, and sugary drinks, cause acidity in your body. You may be on the acidic side if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Aches and pains

  • Arthritis

  • Fatigue

  • Headaches

  • Inflammation

  • Low immunity

  • Muscle cramps

  • PMS

  • Skin disorders

Identify food allergies and sensitivities when living Paleo

How do you know whether you have a food allergy or sensitivity? Right off the bat, be aware that a difference exists between a full-blown food allergy and a food sensitivity.

If you have a true food allergy, even a tiny bit of the offending food can cause a quick, severe reaction, called anaphylaxis. Some of the symptoms are swelling, tingling, breathing problems, and sudden low blood pressure. This is a life-threatening condition.

Food sensitivities, on the other hand, come on slowly, and you can eat some of the offending food and be fine. You won't get a sudden severe reaction, however, you do experience discomfort and symptoms over time. When you have food sensitivities, one of the biggest problems is that your body is repeatedly exposed to a food that causes increased stress on the immune system.

This constant exposure can trigger autoimmune diseases and, eventually, affect other body organs. This exposure can cause rapid aging and discomfort.

How do you know whether you have food sensitivities? Here are some of the symptoms:

  • Acne

  • Arthritis

  • Attention deficit disorder

  • Autoimmune problems

  • Bloating

  • Depression

  • Fatigue

  • Food cravings

  • Irritable bowel

  • Migraines

  • Sinus drainage

  • Skin disorders

  • Skin rashes

  • Stomach cramps

  • Weight gain

To find out whether you have a food sensitivity, try an elimination/provocation test: Eliminate the suspected foods from your diet for 30 days. If you feel better, you may in fact be sensitive. Slowly (and carefully) add them back in one at a time to see which one may be the culprit.

Following are the most common food allergens:

  • Eggs

  • Fish

  • Milk

  • Peanuts

  • Shellfish

  • Soy

  • Tree nuts

  • Wheat

Isn't it great to know that half the list doesn't even include Paleo-approved foods! The reason for that is because living Paleo has very low sensitivity foods, making it a great eating plan for those with a lot of food sensitivities.

About This Article

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Melissa Joulwan is the author of the paleo recipe and lifestyle blog Dr. Kellyan Petrucci, who is a go-to expert in the nutritional field, helps patients build the strongest, healthiest body possible through her family-based workshops and consulting practice (

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